CFG’s CEO Stephen Werner, from a copyrighted article, “What Does God Have to Do with My Finances?” shares 5 Biblical truths to dispel worry about personal finances.
1. God owns it all. Everything we are and everything we have is in fact not ours, but on loan to us from our gracious God. Psalm 37:21 says…"The earth and the fullness thereof belong to the LORD, and all those who live within." We don't own anything. We are simply stewards.
2. God does care about our finances. Over 2,300 Bible verses, and two-thirds of the parables of Jesus, deal with money. It's obvious that how we handle money is important to God. But why? The parables of Jesus often equate the ability to manage financial resources with the ability to manage spiritual resources. In other words, it's a test of our character! At the conclusion of the parable of the shrewd manager, Jesus says "... So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" (Luke 16:11)
3. God provides all we need. One of the names God uses for himself in the Old Testament is Jehovah Jireh, meaning "Our God provides." Jesus told us this: "if our heavenly Father feeds the birds and clothes the lilies, won't He even more so provide for us?" So, there is no need to worry. God will make sure you have what you need.
4. God wants us to be content with what we have. In 1 Timothy 6:6, Paul says…"Godliness with contentment is great gain." So what is being godly? Honoring God with your time, talents, and treasure. I suggest you ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I honoring God with my lifestyle?
- How much savings is enough?
- What does God want me to do with the excess?
5. God's leading. We are made in the image of God, who is generous and gracious. We are made to share. Respond to God’s grace in your life by helping those in need. 1 Timothy 6:18 says …"Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share."
In order to be at peace with your finances, I suggest you begin asking additional questions about your investments. Most people ask things like "What is the historical financial return?" and "Is it time to sell?" While those are valid questions, there are more important questions that Christians should ask themselves:
- Whose investment is this?
- What would God want me, the steward, to do?